A swimming advisory notice has been posted at North Overlook Beach and Whitebreast Beach at Lake Red Rock in response to the presence of a significant blue-green algae bloom which has the potential to impact the health of humans and their pets. Blue-green algae under certain environmental conditions can produce a compound known as microcystin. Water containing high concentrations of microcystin can cause illness through direct skin contact, by ingesting the water, or by breathing airborne droplets of the water. Microcystin poisoning can cause skin reactions, gastrointestinal pain, breathing problems or even liver damage.
The Corps of Engineers continues to monitor the water quality of these swim areas and the main body of the lake through routine water sampling. Samples taken earlier this week were well below levels of concern. However, due to the visual presence of significant algal blooms in and adjacent to these swim areas, the Corps deemed it prudent to post the advisory.
In addition to the two beaches, algal blooms have also been observed in the main basin of the lake.
We join with the Iowa DNR in advising the public to stay away from water that is covered with scum, is bright green or blue in color, or has a bad odor. If you come in contact with water where a blue-green algae bloom has formed, wash off with fresh water and soap and contact your health care provider if you experience any symptoms.
For additional information on harmful algal blooms, visit the Iowa Department of Public Health web site at http://www.idph.state.ia.us/eh/algal_blooms.asp
Several recreation areas at Lake Red Rock have reopened: The Whitebreast Beach, South Overlook boat ramp, and the Volksweg Trail adjacent to the marina are now open for public use.
For the most current lake level, dam outflow and forecast information, check out www.rivergages.com. If you have questions, please contact the US Army Corps of Engineers at (641) 828-7522 or (641) 628-8690. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The North Tailwater area near the Red Rock Dam will be closed to the public beginning Aug. 4 to enable construction of hydroelectric facilities at the Dam. The closure will extend until construction of the project is completed in the spring of 2018.
The closure will include the North Tailwater Recreation Area of Lake Red Rock, and a section of the Volksweg Trail from Howell Station Campground to North Overlook Picnic Area in that vicinity.
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, and its partner, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, celebrate the completion of the Peoria Upper Island Critical Restoration Project with a ribbon cutting ceremony Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. outside the Gateway Building located at 200 NE Water Street, Peoria, Ill. [Read More]
Rock Island, IL - The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project announces the re-opening of Shady Creek and Kilpeck Landing Recreation Areas, on July 25, 2014. The areas were closed for a time due to the floodwaters. [Read More]
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Rock Island, IL - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project announces the reopening of the Grant River Recreation Area at 4 pm on July 18, 2014. [Read More]
Rock Island, IL - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project announces that the some of the Thomson Recreation Areas are beginning to reopen or partially reopen as flood waters recede and the areas are cleaned up and made safe for public entry. [Read More]
OTTAWA, Ill. – Many people enjoy being on, in or around the water during the July 4 holiday season; however, the current high water situation makes those activities dangerous. With area streams and rivers in flood stage, boating is a very dangerous activity. [Read More]
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, reminds boaters to use extreme caution or refrain from boating on the Mississippi River at this time due to dangerous river conditions. Swimming or wading in the Mississippi River during these high river stages and swift current is highly discouraged. If recreating on or near the Mississippi River, wear your personal floatation device (life jacket) at all times. If you don’t own one, borrow, rent or buy a life jacket before engaging in river activities; it can save your life. [Read More]